As part of its commitment to increase the number of females in engineering and technology roles, Electrolux recently hosted a work-experience-style day for 16 young girls at its headquarters in Stockholm.
Allowing them to experiment with everything from 3D drawing to learning the functionality of a dishwasher, the visitors got a hands-on experience in the engineering sector. The girls, aged 10 to 14, were given the opportunity to dissect the elements of a vacuum cleaner, discover how to use a 3D printer to create components and learn how to think like a programmer.
“We received extremely positive feedback, both from the girls during the wrap-up and from teachers and parents afterwards. Most of the girls were very eager to visit Electrolux again next year, or to have the same experience with another company. It was a great success as it inspired young girls to follow their interest and strive for an education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects,” said Sarah Tempelmann, Technical Project Leader at Electrolux.
Helena Babelon, Mother of one of the participants and Head of IT Sustainability and Continuous Improvement at Electrolux said: “The three girls I know who participated were so excited all day and it was very rewarding to see their enthusiasm. I am sure a seed has been planted in them to be curious about technical things!”
More about the initiative…
The official Introducing a Girl to Engineering Day (IGE) was created in 2014 by Womengineer — an organization for female engineers and engineering students — to increase interest in technology and engineering among young girls. Companies, organisations and colleges around Sweden are encouraged to participate by inviting young girls for a day of activities to give them an insight into what it’s like to work as an engineer.
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